By Noel Whelan

20th Jun, 2022 | 8:36am

'Desperate' Arsenal claim issued by pundit after Sky update on Gabriel Jesus pursuit

Arsenal should meet Man City’s asking price for Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The ex-Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said £50million is “not a bad price” for a player of the 25-year-old’s quality.

On Friday (17 June), Sky Sports revealed that Arsenal are “cautiously optimistic” about getting a deal over the line.

The Premier League champions have slapped a £50million asking price on Jesus this summer.

The Brazil international has one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad.

Whelan claimed the sale would be a good business for City after the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund last Monday (13 June).

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“I think it would be smart on the face,” he told Football Insider.

“Talking about this [financial] fair play, this is money to bring in that takes away pressure from the Haaland deal.

“Every player that goes out is knocking down that transfer fee from Haaland and it levels everything up.

“You get £50 million, that’s a great return on a player that’s not been consistently in the team at Manchester City.

“If they are willing to pay £50 million, that is a real good chunk of money and a return back for a very good player.

“I think if you’re that desperate to get a player in, of that quality, for four years, it is not a bad price to pay for a player of Jesus’ quality.”

In other news, an Arsenal expert has issued a ‘£12million’ Bernd Leno verdict after journalist delivers update on talks.